Southwestern Deserts

July, 2011
Regional Report

Web Finds

Weed ID Guide
Over 420 plants, sorted by common and Latin names are included in Weed ID from the University of Missouri. The easy to use site offers a handy menu of a dozen plant characteristics (plant type, habitat, leaf type), with pull down options for each. If you do not understand the nomenclature (leaf shape, leaf margins, root system), click on the question mark and illustrations appear. You can also click on Don't Know without halting the search. As you refine the details, photos of potential candidates appear that you can click on for more info.

Favorite or New Plant

Conehead Thyme
I love the large domed shape of Thymus capitatus, which measures about 1 to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. In late spring, this herbal mound is entirely coated in tiny closed flower buds that look like pinecones, thus its common name. The buds open into lavender-pink flowers that draw pollinators and butterflies through early summer. Like most herbs, it requires excellent soil drainage and takes full sun. Use the foliage as you would any thyme.

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